Monday, February 28, 2011

Super Sentai Music to be Available on iTunes

Well, this is quite a surprise. I read it first on GaijINside, that Super Sentai Music is going to be made available on iTunes. They said they will begin releasing songs from Boukenger to Gokaiger - starting on March 9th with weekly releases. All 35 series will apparently be ready by mid April. I'm really unsure wether this is just about the main theme songs, or the entirety of songs from each series. I hope it's more than just the opening themes - but even if it is, this is still quite a turn of events.

I've had to frustratingly try to buy Super Sentai CDs from Japan. Most people usually illegally download them, which I think this is in direct response to. I gotta say, it's about time! I'd imagine the over-head costs of putting this music up on iTunes must be less expensive than CDs - but also it would directly attract fans who felt they had few options to legally buy the songs. I hope everyone will show their support, and use this as an opportunity to show Toei that we are willing to pay for Super Sentai products if they make them available to us.

Maybe this could lead to something bigger - perhaps if Toei sees enough sales of the songs, perhaps they might consider subbing some of the series for DVDs, or translate them and put new episodes on the internet - like they do with Naruto. Even if the turn around time of translating episodes was substantially later (weeks, or even months) it would still be a huge achievement - and a golden opportunity to stop the need for illegal downloads and subbing. Of course, the counter argument is that, even if made available, illegal downloading still takes place. I'd counter that, especially with this fan community, there could be definite profit to be made by translating the shows into English. But I'm getting way ahead of myself. Let's just hope songs being on iTunes proves successful.

Super Sentai is probably one of Japan's great national treasures. It might ultimately just be a kid's show - but it's a show that generations of people have enjoyed, and has become a staple of Japanese TV. Japan should take pride in this product, similarly like they do like likes of Astroboy, - and work to share it with the world. I know they half-way do that by having it turned into Power Rangers -- but as any fan could tell you, the difference in quality and meaning Super Sentai provides is always lost when redeveloped as Power Rangers. The cultural identity of Super Sentai shouldn't be so ignored, but celebrated. It is also a tremendously great way to expose more people to Japanese culture. With an internet initiative, I think both Power Rangers and Super Sentai could survive in the same market. In America Super Sentai obviously appeals to a more older audience, and a push to translate the series into English on the internet would serve to give fans the best of both worlds. Again, I'm getting ahead of myself. The easier access to these songs, still, is just such an encouraging bit of news.

UPDATE: Super Sentai Songs Now Available on iTunes (There was a bit of a delay, but the songs where finally released.)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Maagi Magi Magiiro! Magical Pirates!

This is the first Gokaiger episode to feature a returning Super Sentai cast member. Hashimoto Atsushi returns to his role as Ozu Kai, aka MagiRed. The first armament robot, based on MagiRed's Giant Robot/Dragon form is revealed. I don't know how many former Sentai cast members there might be in the series, but I doubt Atsushi will be the last. What is heavily in question is weather they will be able to continue bringing back the original actors. Magiranger is a relatively recent Sentai series, airing in 2005. So it isn't as hard for Atsushi to play the same role. Essentially, the older the Super Sentai series, the more unlikely it is actors will be able to reprise their roles. In Kamen Rider Decade, a series that similarly had a theme of going back through it's series history, utilized other actors to play the roles of other Kamen Rider heroes - even when they did seemingly have access to the original actors. Seto Koji, who played Kurenai Wataru (Kamen Rider Kiva), appeared in the first episode of Kamen Rider Decade, but only played an evil version of the character, while a young boy played the role of Wataru. This might have been because of possible production overlap, since the series Decade aired right after Kiva ended. (These are year-long shows, with usually nearly 50 episodes for each series.) Whatever the case - wether they might need to utilize replacement actors in future episodes of Gokaiger, I'm still happy to see they are making the effort to bring back the original actors.

Oh, and I also wanted to mention that earlier this week I put up a profile for the villain Damaras. Also, at the bottom of this post, you'll find a single image to be added to MagiGreen's profile.

You can find these images added here: MagiRed Profile

Gokaiger Robots
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You can find this image added here: GokaiRed Profile

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Gokaiger Group Image
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Previous Sentai Powers
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Commandant Oiles Gil
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ranger Villain Profile: Gokaiger Damaras

Chief of Staff Damaras (参謀長ダマラス, Sanbōchō Damarasu) is known among Zangyack as the "Strongest High Ranked Soldier" (最強格の戦士, Saikyōkaku no Senshi) due to his skills as a warrior and as a strategist. He is ordered to accompany Oiles Gil by the Emperor and assist him as his second on command.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gokaiger Episode 2 Images

Here are images from episode 2. I also added profiles for Navi and the Gormin Sailors.

Gokai Red
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Gokai Blue
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Gokai Yellow
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Gokai Green
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Gokai Pink
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Gokaiger Group Images
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Previous Sentai Powers
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Gokaiger Robot
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Gokaiger/Kamen Rider OOO
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